9 Freight Broker Prospecting Tips on How to Get Past the Gate Keeper!

If you have ever made sales calls as a freight broker or freight agent you know it can sometimes be challenging to get past the gatekeeper.  This is where having some proven freight broker prospecting tips can really help your efforts.

So who is this “gatekeeper?” The gatekeeper is the person who’s job it is to screen calls for decision makers. A gatekeeper is usually an executive assistant or junior department member.

Here are 9 freight broker prospecting tips to get past the gatekeeper:

1) Gather some sales intelligence. Search for any piece of data or information that will increase the odds for you to make the sale.

2) Don’t try to sell the gatekeeper. They’re really busy so use your time wisely.

3) The gate keeper is your friend. You need to develop a relationship and rapport, (do sales intelligence on them). Befriend them.

4) Leverage their knowledge. They hold the key to the person you’re trying to talk to and help you get there.

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5) Don’t lie, integrity matters. Don’t lie to get the past the gatekeeper.  Reason = Obvious!

6) Call during off hours.  For example, before 8 am or after 5 pm can be a great time to get busy people on the phone.

7) Use people’s first names regularly.  It creates familiarity and builds trust and helps build rapport.

Bonus Freight Broker Prospecting Tips

8) Find an ally in another department. If you’re continuously being sent to voicemail, ask to be transferred to the sales department. Try to develop a relationship and  gather sales intelligence with questions you have prepared for them. Use the information you gather and the relationship to get to the decision maker.  Always easier to get referred in from inside the company.

9) Get transferred in from the top down. Instead of going to the freight or logistics department, get transferred to the Vice President who manages the logistics department or the CFO or the CEO. When someone picks up say, “oh I am sorry I am trying to reach Joe Smith in shipping can you please transfer me?” Most corporate phone systems will detail who is transferring the call, and if they see their boss, CEO, CFO, etc they will most likely answer.

Now it’s time to take action.  Pick one of the 9 freight broker prospecting tips and put it to work the next time you run into a gatekeeper.

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Dennis Brown
Owner/Trainer, www.FreightBrokerBootcamp.com

Owner, CEO

Dennis Brown the freight broker, is the owner of FreightBrokerBootCamp.com and former CEO of Logistic Dynamics, Inc. (LDi) one of North Americas fastest growing logistics providers. Dennis has over 25 years of hands on experience as an entrepreneur and is widely regarded as an expert in logistics, freight brokerage, business growth strategies and B2B sales and marketing. Dennis became a freight broker in 2003, as a one man operations with NO industry experience . He went on to do over $200 million as a freight broker, eventually selling the freight brokerage to spend more time with his family. Dennis Brown has trained over 10,000 students, in 16 different countries, how to become a freight broker or freight agent. Many of his students have went on to build highly successful and highly profitable freight broker businesses.

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